The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Location: Eastern Idaho
  • Favorite foods: Big, greasy, runny egg sandwiches with bacon, cheese, spinach & spring onions. Also: anything that originated as a pig, garlicy crunchy dill pickles, microbrews, & cheese danish
  • Last bite on earth: Steak, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, green beans, baked beans, and smores consumed by a campfire in the desert

Spokane/Bozeman/Idaho Falls/Boise

Oh, also, there's a bunch of breweries in Bozeman, but be aware that Montana has really strange laws when it comes to breweries, most of them close at 8 and you get these little tickets so they can keep count of how many you've had.

Spokane/Bozeman/Idaho Falls/Boise

If you go through Pocatello, ID the brewery there has great food, all house made stuff, and good beer.

There are two breweries in Idaho Falls, one with food one without. The one without food (Idaho Brewing Company) has better beer, the other (Snow Eagle) is owned by some Mormon folks who don't drink, which I find odd, but it's not terrible and the (non-sushi) food is pretty good.

Lucy's New York Pizza has 3 locations around Idaho Falls but the one in Roberts is the best (although no real seating, so you probably will need to take-out there). It's hands down the best pizza I've had since moving out west 10 years ago, including all the fancy hyped up places I ate at while living in Portland for years.

Are you guys stopping at Craters of the Moon? That would seem expected for Geologists but maybe out of the way? It's still pretty cool to see.

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

Just salt, butter and high heat! Blue-cheese mushrooms and a spinach salad as bookends!

What's the Weirdest Ice Cream Flavor You've Ever Tried?

Candycap mushroom at Salt and Straw in Portland is my all-time most favorite ice cream ever. Everyone thinks it sounds disgusting but it is phenomenal.

A Burger With Fantastic Beef at The Meat Market Burger in Great Barrington, MA

I would like to eat my way out of a swimming pool of those pickles.

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Candycap mushroom!

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Pepperoni in moderation, not when its layered so thick you can't even see the cheese!

The Food Lab: The Science of the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Next, you need to fly to Denver and spend a few weeks there tweaking this recipe for those of us living at high altitudes. I made PERFECT chocolate chip cookies when living at sea level in Oregon, now I'm at 5000 ft in Idaho and it's back to the drawing board.

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Pepperoni, but applied with a light hand.

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Some kind of toasted bread-ish substance with butter and Parmesan cheese

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Candycap mushroom (really, Salt & Straw made it once and it was to die for)

The Food Lab: Hasselback Potato Gratin (These Might be the Best Potatoes Ever)

Armadillos! They look like armadillos.

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Ask a Cicerone: Your Favorite Pumpkin Beer

I am obsessed with Pumking (Southern Tier). I used to live nearby, then moved to Portland where I could still get it, but now I'm in Idaho and I'm devastated it's going to be a Pumking-less year.

Cereal Eats: If You Could Create Your Dream Cereal...

Blueberry muffin cereal that actually tastes like that and not like the fake blueberry crap that already exists. Maybe real freeze-dried blueberries + streusel-y chunks + something muffin-y and vanilla flavored thats the texture of cinnamon toast crunch.

Open Thread: Do You Eat in Bed?

Research shows that it's best for you sleep to really ONLY sleep in bed. The more others stuff you do there (especially things like doing work and watching TV) the more your sleep suffers. Something science-y and somewhat pavlovian about training your body to realize bed=sleep and not bed=eating, working, talking on the phone, etc. helps you get to sleep quicker and sleep deeper.

Favorite ice cream flavor?

I had a Salt & Straw flavor last fall that was candy-cap mushroom and it haunts my dreams...

What won't you allow in your kitchen/pantry?

Caraway seeds... because they are disgusting and the kind of bagels you get 6 to a bag in the bread isle as they are only bagel-shaped (terrible) bread.

Supermarket Sweets: We Try Talenti's New Gelato Pops

Too bad they didn't make one with their Coconut; it's the only flavor if theirs I really find all that good. It's got an awesome coconut marshmallow texture/flavor going and is great with hot fudge.

Favorite food from video games?

I love all the food in the old, original bubble bobble. There is even beer.

Open Thread: What's One Food You Wish You Liked?

Caraway seeds! I hate them but love everything they are typically in/on.

Any must-do places in Portland, OR?


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Gin (one with a super pine-y profile like Rogue Spruce Gin) and Limeade.

What Gross Food Stuff Did You Do as a Kid?

We definitely did the finger-fruit-roll-up thing in elementary school as well.

Also, we would take straws and stab little debbie zebra cakes until you had a straw full of layers, and then suck them out.

My brother would make "sandwiches" where he would layer an entire loaf of squishy white bread with miracle whip and smash it down into one squashed mess. Yuck.

As a kid I would make my grandfather "soup" where I would dump literally everything I could find in his cupboards (including things like dish soap) into a big pot of water. The poor old guy was depression era to the core, as well as extremely doting and would always eat it.

In high school I had crispy m&ms and white powerade for breakfast, white bread rolls and ranch dressing for lunch EVERY day at school.

As a child I'd been known to lick the coating off salt and vinegar chips until my mouth was practically bleeding.

Whenever I was at a restaurant that had shakers of parmesan cheese on the table (pizza, Italian) I would eat the entire shaker of cheese before the food would arrive by dumping it onto my plate then licking my finger and dabbing it in the cheese, repeat.

My fella STILL eats what he calls "salsa cereal" where he pours himself a bowl of salsa, mixes in a bunch of crushed up tortilla chips, and eats it with a spoon.

SW (mostly NM) Road Trip

Hello! We are taking a road trip starting in Pocatello, ID that will take us through:

Grand Junction, CO
Gunnison, CO
Alamosa, CO
Taos, NM
Alamogordo, NM
Las Cruces, NM
Silver City, NM
and then back up to ID (through AZ and UT)

This is our first real trip to anywhere south , and we'd love some recommendations of places to stop and eat at or things we MUST try while in the SW.


Colorado Springs

I'll be in Colorado Springs for an interview for a couple of days and I'm looking for some recommendations for places to eat. I'll be dining solo, so I prefer places where this won't be frowned upon by staff (take-out options are great as well).


So what are all of you crazy doomsdayers having for dinner tonight? We all know the rest of our lives will be spent eating cockroaches and twinkies so I'm expecting some great send-off meals from the folks of Serious Eats!

Health Hazard?

I'm in the process of making tomato sauce (tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, onion, spices) with an end-of-year summer surplus of tomatoes. I got started on it later in the day than I had hoped, and I'm guessing it won't be finished before I'd like to go to bed. Obviously the best choice is to put it in the fridge overnight... but it's a 20 qt stockpot full and I really don't have that kind of fridge room. As I will be simmering it for a few hours more tomorrow, how risky do you feel it is just to leave it on the (turned off) stove overnight with a lid on it? Does the fact that I will be canning it make a difference to you either way?

Do you like Belgians?

Greetings fellow beer-folks! I am looking for suggestions for Belgians to give a try. I am a home-brewer and an IPA junkie (the more hops the better) but I also enjoy pales-ales, reds, porters, stouts, nut-browns, etc. I tend to not particularly like (and consequently avoid) beers that are lighter in flavor and color (lager/pilsners).

I'd love to give some more Belgians a try... but I absolutely loathe the really strong banana flavors that Belgian yeast is notorious for. If you are a Belgian fan, do you know of any good beers in this style where the banana is a less prominent (or nonexistent) flavor?

Help My Peanut Butter Cookies

My ideal peanut butter cookies are really moist and chewy, and I can never seem to nail it. Every time they end up crunchy, sandy or pasty.

Does type of PB matter? I usually use the organic stuff that you have to stir the oil back into (not stuff like Jiff that stays emulsified)... could that be the culprit? Should I add more eggs? Less flour? I've tried a thousand recipes and even tried just adding PB to my favorite CC cookie (and then when that didn't work just trying to make tweaks).


Vancouver Island Recommendations

Anyone ever spend any time on Vancouver Island? We are renting a house outside Comox this summer and are looking for any recommendations for places to eat (anything from fish and chips stands to fine dining). We'll be all over the island, but NOT into Vancouver itself. Quirky places off the beaten path are always great!

Seattle Seafood

It actually has become a slightly twisted point of pride for me that I have spent 5+ years living in Portland, have traveled extensively through CA, OR and WA, yet have never gotten closer to Seattle than bypassing I-5 via 405 on our way home from BC.

I have some family visiting soon, and they really want to spend some time in Seattle. I'm hoping to make the trip bearable by eating lots of seafood, but the choices are overwhelming. Where's your favorite place to get some good water critters? It can really be anywhere within, say, a 100 mile radius, so let me know if you love a place that's in Olympia or Bellingham.

Bonus points for a good beer selection and a low-brow atmosphere!

Chinese Food in Portland?

Has anyone ever had edible Chinese food within 50 miles of Portland, OR?

I absolutely love and appreciate delightful, authentic, non-Americanized stuff... but that's not what I'm looking for.

What I'm seeking is a place to get good old inexpensive American-Chinese sand-bys.

It seems like every place I try is worse than the previous. The final straw was a few years ago when the General-Tso's we ordered was (literally) baked(!) frozen chicken nuggets with a "sauce" that appeared to be a mixture of concentrated orange juice and high-fructose corn syrup.

I'm obviously not looking for a 17-star gourmet dining experience... I just want tasty, greasy, comfort food.

I am willing to go almost anywhere at this point; from Hillsboro to Gresham.

Please help!


My partner works at a grocery store and brought home a whole lot of butter for free (the packages were a little crunched so they couldn't sell them, but it was fine otherwise).

However, we don't actually eat a ton of butter and now the expiration date is fast approaching and I really don't have any room for it in my freezer.

What's your favorite recipe/baked good/etc. that uses up as much butter as possible?


What's your favorite gin? What's the flavor profile? What gin was the most like licking a juniper tree (only in a good way)?

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls?

I love making homemade cinnamon rolls, but I can never seem to get the consistency of the filling how I like it. It always seems too dry and baked into the dough or too thin and liquidy and pools at the bottom of the pan.

What's your secret ratio and/or ingredients to get really thick, gooey cinnamon filling (think airport cinnamon roll filling)?

Who said brewing equipment is a unitasker?

Oops! I forgot to make the brine far enough in advance to cool, and all of my ice cubes are frozen cubes of ice tea.

What's a home brewer to do? Whip out the wort chiller! Someone should market them as brine chillers and make a million.

Wine for Beer Drinkers

We are home-brewers and beer drinkers (IPAs are a strong favorite; dislike most Belgians and pilsner-type beers). We also almost always have gin around, and I'll occasionally enjoy a bourbony drink. Wine, however, has been a foreign language to us and is only drank under duress at weddings that only offer Bud, Miller, and Michelob for beer choices. We've been acting like real grown-ups lately, though, and trying new things, and would like to try some wines.

We would like to go to some tasting to get our feet wet before we dive into buying bottles, though. Living in Oregon we know there are tons of great places around, but we need some suggestions.

Things that would be considered Pros:
-rednecks, white trash, hippies or general eccentrics (the type of people more usually found in the beer world)
-free or inexpensive tastings
-patience for total wine noobs

We live close to Portland but travel a lot, so other PNW suggestions are welcome, and really remote, strange places are totally up our alley.

Unique Hometown Foods

Growing up in Northwest Pennsylvania, "pepperoni balls" (deep fried balls of dough stuffed with pepperoni and sometimes cheese) were a staple at every bake sale, available from all pizza places and on the appetizer list of every bar and local family restaurant. I just assumed that they were as universal as wings or breadsticks; it was a shock the day I realized that they didn't exist outside that corner of the world.

Anyone else have strange, quirky, tasty foods that were unique to your hometown?

Best seafood on the Oregon coast?

Please help me find AMAZING seafood on the Oregon coast. I know it's out there, I just don't have any clue where to start. The couple of meals I've had have been mediocre at best. You'll get bonus points if it's a place that is more hole-in-the-wall less high-brow.

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